We leave for those who were trapped
As the culture collapsed
These identity tokens so that perhaps
You remember that our ideals were simple and eternal
They're locked inside these mysterious crystals
The weak, the pregnant, the sick and insane
We leave you these things, you remember our name

A basket was hung at the gate
The mother put the baby in and then she would wait
The questions were to be asked
About the parentage, the lineage, and the immediate past
She waited to hear if her baby would be
Returned for these reasons or at once be received
The weak, the pregnant, the sick and insane
We leave you these things, you remember our name

We leave three or four tarnished padlocks
A playing card, the ace of hearts, a gold pocket watch
A piece of brass shaped like the moon
A magnifying glass, a miniature spoon
What were we thinking or hoping for
When leaving such things at the hospital door?
A fine piece of ribbon, a cruel separation
A vague intimation of a higher-born station
Your mother was neither a saint nor a whore
Here's a taunting reminder that you were born poor

We leave for those who were trapped
As the culture collapsed
These identity tokens so that perhaps
You remember that our ideals are simple and eternal
They're locked inside these mysterious crystals
The weak, the pregnant, the sick and insane
We leave you these things, you remember our name


Lyrics submitted by ccbubblegum, edited by Planets89

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    General CommentThere's a museum in London, I think, that has an exhibit of all these items that mothers left with their abandoned children back in the day. They tended to be items the mother just happened to have on her at the time, but they wanted to leave something, anything.
    evil_laugheron July 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOn Melora A La Basilica, she changes the lyric to:

    "Your mother was neither a saint nor a whore/Here's a haunting reminder that you weren't born poor."

    It's funny how a couple of syllables changes what the line means while the effect is still perfectly stinging.
    ccbubblegumon January 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    evil_laugheron September 03, 2008   Link

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